The administration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is drafting legislation for an impact fee on natural gas drillers in the state, according to the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. Over the past week Corbett said he could support a fee for mitigating local impacts and some statewide issues, but not for unrestricted revenue.
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The developer of the Bobcat Gas Storage facility in St. Landry Parish, LA, Port Barre Investments LLC, asked FERC for permission to leach three new salt dome caverns to hold an additional 24 Bcf of working gas, expand the Bobcat Compressor Station, add four meter stations and loop the North and West Pipeline Corridors. The storage facility currently is certificated for two caverns totaling 15.6 Bcf of working capacity. The expansion would raise the facility’s working capacity to 39.6 Bcf and increase the maximum deliverability to 3 Bcf/d from 1.2 Bcf/d and maximum receipt capacity to 1.6 Bcf/d from 900 MMcf/d. FERC earlier gave Bobcat Gas Storage the green light to place one of the previously certificated caverns in service (see NGI, Nov. 10). The cavern was expected to have 6 Bcf of total storage capacity at start-up, and is expandable to 7.8 Bcf. Helping to develop the facility is Haddington Energy Partners III LLC, a private equity fund. The Bobcat facility is 45 miles from Henry Hub and provides access to gas from offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in Texas and Louisiana.
Florida Gas Transmission said Thursday that unplanned compressormaintenance at Station 7.5 in Port Barre, LA, which it had expected toend last Monday (see Daily GPI, May 2),is continuing until further notice. The work limits upstream volumesto 875 MMcf/d. An Overage Alert Day notice for FGT’s market area (seeDaily GPI, May 10) remained in effectThursday.